It is with great excitement that we share with you the link to register for GCLC and the North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association’s (NCCCLA) next collaborative law training and 14 hour CLE program on February 18th and 19th of 2021.  Agendas for both the pre-recorded (self-paced) and live (virtual) portions of the training are below.  We invite you to register to join us at this great training/CLE.  Please also help us spread the word by sharing this information with other lawyers, mediators, and professionals interested in collaborative.  Our team of volunteer attorneys worked extra hard to ensure this link was live before year end for anyone who wants a business expense deduction in 2020.

GCLC and NCCCLA are also offering an early bird 20% discount for anyone who registers before January 18th.  The early bird discount code is Collaborate2021.

We are looking forward to seeing you virtually on February 18th and 19th!


Collaborative Conflict Resolution

The New Uniform Act and How To Apply It


30 minutes                 Collaborative Practice in a Nutshell | Sarratt

Brief history of collaborative practice and an overview of when and why to choose collaborative practice as a dispute resolution process.

30 minutes                 The Uniform Collaborative Law Act | Sarrat

A walk through the legislative process that led to the passage of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act in North Carolina, and how that impacts the practice of collaborative law.    

 45 minutes                 The Collaborative Process | Sarratt and Springfield

The seven defining features and the negotiation model at the heart of the collaborative process; and the role of the collaborative lawyer, collaborative sessions, and other members of the collaborative team, including experts and consultants.

35 minutes                 The Paradigm Shift | Havel

Rethink your role as an attorney and see how practicing law with a focus on problem-solving rather than winning or losing can better serve the client’s interests and increase lawyer job satisfaction.

60 minutes                 Practical Techniques for Being the Calm within the Storm | Byers

Learn how to create conditions most conducive to the facilitation of conflict resolution. Develop the core competencies of a highly effective collaborative problem-solver, capable of responding to the parties needs in order to help them reach a resolution.

30 minutes                 Interest-Based Negotiations | Springfield

With the goal of joint problem solving, learn how to navigate the emotional component of conflict in a collaborative setting.

45 minutes                 Collaborative Communication Techniques | Havel     

Learn about a variety of collaborative communication techniques, such as summarizing, restating, reflecting back and reframing, empathic listening, the power of silence, the power of apology and nonviolent communication.

60 minutes                 Ethical Considerations in Collaborative Practice | Havel

Hear about the ethical standards and protocols applicable in a collaborative setting as well as considerations related to informed consent and zealous advocacy in your collaborative practice.

[As required by the NC State Bar for CLE credit for reviewing pre-recorded materials, participants will be given a series of questions to respond to in order to reflect their understanding of the material presented]

5.5 hours

*All participants will be asked to watch all of the pre-recorded content (above) on their own schedule in advance of the first day of this training and will respond to questions regarding that material in order to obtain CLE credit from the NC State Bar.

 Thursday, February 18, 2021

7:55-8:00                   Welcome and Introductions | Byers

8:00-8:30                   Overview of the Collaborative Process | Faculty

An overview of collaborative practice including a Q&A and follow up questions from the pre-recorded materials.

8:30-9:30                   Effective Facilitation for Collaborative Attorneys | Byers, Gruendel, & Woodward

Discussion of active listening techniques, ways to effectively gather information to start identifying common ground, real life application of effective communication techniques for collaborative lawyers and mediators.          

 9:30-10:30                 Introduction and Analysis of Collaborative Case Study | Batts & Springfield with Sarratt (moderator)

Apply collaborative concepts to real client matters.  Learn to separate the people from the problem.  Introduce interest-based negotiation and compare and contrast with positional-based negotiation and litigation strategies.

10:30-10:45               Break

10:45-11:15               Breakout: Practicing One-on-One Initial Client Interview | Faculty

11:15-11:45               Nonviolent Communication Exercise | Springfield

11:45-12:15               Breakout: Introduction to Interest-Based Negotiation Model and Nonviolent Communication | Faculty

12:15-12:45               Breakout: Practicing Effective Facilitation | Faculty

12:45-1:00                 Recap and Q&A |Faculty


Friday, February 19, 2021

8:00-8:15                               Recap and Q&A

8:15-9:15                               Disciplined Listening Techniques | Michael Reddington

Techniques for effective listening, including the seven stages of what others are experiencing.  How do we put ourselves in the mind frame to identify strategic intelligence?  How do we maintain disciplined listening during the conversation?

9:15-9:45                               Effective Use of Collaborative Conflict Resolution for General Counsel and Corporate Clients | Edwards, Pratt & Woodward with Osborne (moderator)

How to use collaborative law with family-owned business disputes

How to use collaborative law with business partner/employment disputes, including a specific case study

9:45-10:15                             The Private Practice Opportunity | Buckner, Munroe, Jones, & Ong with Pratt (moderator)

How to use collaborative conflict resolution techniques in trust, estate and fiduciary disputes, employment law, construction disputes, and other situations where personal relationships exist between the parties.

10:15-10:30                           Break

10:30-11:00                           Breakout: Making the Case for Collaborative | Faculty

Where, why and how collaborative would work in your particular practice area

11:00-11:45                           The Power of an Effective Pivot | Belitz, Halkiotis, & Wheeler

Collaborating online during COVID-19 and beyond

11:45-12:00                           Next Step Action Items | Byers

8.5 hours